• Xavier Bankhead has been awarded the Artie Andrew Amos Memorial Scholarship from Amos’s family. He received the scholarship during the commencement exercises at the Quality Education Academy on May 6, and was honored during a luncheon at Village Tavern on Aug. 5 with his father, Melvin Bankhead. At the academy, Bankhead was president of the Crosby Scholars Program and played trombone. He will attend N.C. A&T State University in the fall and is planning to major in computer engineering. Bankhead also plans to try out for the Aggie Academic team and the jazz band. He plans to earn a terminal degree and teach at the university level.
  • Tessa Johnston of High Point has been named to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Team for the 2017-18 academic year. She was a member of the Emory & Henry College women’s basketball team.
  • Jessie Craft, a Latin teacher at Glenn and Mount Tabor high schools, has received the Kraft Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. His first degree was in Italian. He earned a second B.A. at UNC Greensboro, this time in Latin with teacher certification and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Beverly Miller, an exceptional children’s teacher assistant at Konnoak Elementary School, is the 2018 recipient of the Linda Rader Professional Opportunity Award, presented by the N.C. Association of Educators. She was presented with the award and a $1,500 cash prize by NCAE President Mark Jewell during the Association’s Summer Leadership Conference in Raleigh.
  • Yvonne Williams was installed as the 2018-2020 president of the Winston Salem/Forsyth County Retired School Personnel organization. The following members were installed as officers: Ann Heller, vice president; Mary Jo Brewer, secretary; Gwendolyn Andrews, treasurer; Stephen Danner, assistant treasurer.


  • Trenton Smart, the son of Allen and Jane Smart, recently studied under Los Angeles Symphony principal clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan as part of the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Trenton is a rising freshman at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School. He was first chair clarinet for All-County, All-District and All-State Bands under the direction of Paisley Middle School Band director Greg Dills. Trenton is also first chair clarinet for the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony under the direction of Jessica Morel.


  • The Clemmons Community Foundation recently elected officers and board members. The officers are: Greg Brewer, chairman; Michael Combest, vice chairman; Maria Vernon, secretary; Donald Kinney, treasurer; John Bost, immediate past chairman. The members are: Tim Bell, Holly Groce, William Lawler and Brett Hoge.


  • Roy L. McDonald II, an attorney with Brinkley Walser Stoner in Lexington, has completed the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officers’ Course P-1, held at Fort McCoy, Wis. The course trains and develops leaders for unified land operations in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational operational environment. Brinkley Walser Stoner has been recognized twice by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, for its support to the national defense, receiving both the Patriot Award and the Above and Beyond Award.
  • Mark D. Nicholson, a native of Winston-Salem, has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Nicholson serves at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps in the Manpower Management Division of Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Nicholson has served three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and during his career has been stationed in Virginia, California, Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan. He is a graduate of West Forsyth High School and Appalachian State University and has a master’s degree in military studies. Nicholson is married to the former Michelle Schubert, and they have four children. He is the son of Larry and Jean Nicholson of Winston-Salem.


  • A group of Boy Scouts from Troop 722 at Highland Presbyterian Church hiked a 50-mile section hike of the Appalachian Trail. The Boy Scouts included Byron Hoover, Thomas Hunter, Will Schultz, Max Stopyra, Joel Stopyra and Jack Thomas. The Scout leaders were Tom and Caroline Stopyra. Part of the hike they went on is referred to as Virginia’s Triple Crown and includes three of the most iconic vistas on the Appalachian Trail — McAfee Knob, Dragon’s Tooth and Tinker Cliffs. The boys had trained for a year to go to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for an 88-mile high adventure. When wildfires closed the ranch for the first time in its 80-year history, they had to make other plans. The boys earned their BSA 50-Miler award during this trip, which requires at least 50 consecutive miles of hiking and 10 hours of trail conservation work.


  • The men’s gold medal bocce winners of the Piedmont Senior Games held a tournament, sponsored by Roosters’ — A Noble Grill, to determine the overall Winston-Salem Bocce champion. The winner was 85-year-old Joe Dilembo, the runner-up was John Sangimino, and Tom Tabili took third place.


  • Sheets Memorial Christian School visited the Ronald McDonald House on Aug. 13 and delivered 150,000 soda pop tabs. These tabs are in turn recycled, and the Ronald McDonald House receives market value for the tabs. The money raised helps to operate the house for families.
  • River Oaks Community Church of Clemmons held its seventh annual ROCC 5K, with the proceeds benefiting Solus Christus Ministries of East Bend. This year’s run had 500 runners and walkers, and raised $13,000 and two truckloads of paper products for the ministry.
  • Anna Warburton Munroe of Winston-Salem and Angela Bryant of Rocky Mount have been appointed to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation board of trustees.
  • George Bryan has been elected president of the Exchange Clubs in North Carolina. The Exchange Club is known for its national project of preventing child abuse. Locally, the group sells peanuts at the Dixie Classic Fair to support community projects across the state. There are 29 Exchange Clubs across North Carolina. The Greater Winston-Salem Exchange Club and Kernersville Exchange Club support the local Parenting Path agency.
  • Members of Winston Salem Elks Lodge 449 bought more than $1,000 of food items, toiletry, paper goods, laundry products and fans for Senior Services’s annual Christmas in July program. Lodge Trustees Don Hamby, Pat Stanley, Randy Zigmund and Treasurer Cathy Stanley delivered three carloads of supplies.
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Compiled by Melissa Hall

News of accomplishments of Journal readers runs in the Community Milestones column every other Monday. To submit an item for publication, e-mail information and photos to Photos should be attachments, not embedded. Information should include a contact name and daytime phone number. Submissions are generally published in the order in which they are received.

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